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Inputs for citizen science at science centers


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What you get out of your citizen science programming depends on what you put into it. See some creative ways to think about the resources you can build on. We introduce a logic model approach to program planning, that will help set you up for achieving desired learning outcomes. This is the third in a series of workshop slideshows on integrating citizen science into informal science education programming.

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Inputs for citizen science at science centers

  1. 1. Citizen Science –at – Science Centers Where to start? Identifying Assets, Using a Logic Model
  2. 2. “A goal a without plan is just a wish.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 -1944)
  3. 3. A logic model is a tool that can help you plan.
  4. 4. Why Science do you want to do Society citizenscience? Individuals
  5. 5. “I am able to work with this kind of programmingbecause it...” Other Is supported by partner institutions Is supported by external funding Addresses regional or national topics of interest Addresses the needs and interests of the local community Fits well with our institutional priorities Fits well with our departmental priorities Fits well with the needs of a target audience Has a direct connection to my institutions programming Has a direct connection to my institutions exhibits 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45
  6. 6. We often just think about the: Activities
  7. 7. Activities Flickr photo, sierraclub
  8. 8. But because wecare about what comes OUT,
  9. 9. let’s think about what goes…
  10. 10. IN !let’s think about what goes…
  11. 11. IN Activities OUT
  12. 12. IN(puts) Activities OUT (comes)
  13. 13. This a islogic model!
  14. 14. So, what are INPUTS?
  15. 15. So, what are INPUTS?Good stuff you can build on!
  16. 16. Existing Projects
  17. 17. Ready-made programming
  18. 18. Relationships with audiences Photo, MLMP photo gallery
  19. 19. Community issues, passion
  20. 20. Technology platforms
  21. 21. Exhibits and infrastructure
  22. 22. In-house resources, expertise Phylo: /2297998429/
  23. 23. Support systems
  24. 24. Time tobrainstorm!
  25. 25. Time to brainstorm! What do you have to build on?Assets? Audiences? Interests? Partnerships?How does that enable/constrain what you might do?
  26. 26. Time to brainstorm! See
  27. 27. Photo credits:Project NestWatch, www.nestwatch.orgCommunity Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Program, www.cocorahs.orgProject BudBurst, Larvae Monitoring Project, www.mlmp.orgeBird, www.ebird.orgZooniverse, www.galaxyzoo.orgEncyclopedia of Life, www.eol.orgPrairie Ridge Ecostation, North Carolina Museum of Natural SciencesSciStarter, www.scistarter.comOn Flickr: projectdiscovery, sierraclub, waiferx, usfwssoutheast, charlestilford, kqedquest, tikunResources:Bonney, R., H. Ballard, R. Jordan, E. McCallie, T. Phillips, J. Shirk, and C. Wilderman. 2009. Public Participation inScientific Research: Defining the Field and Assessing Its Potential for Informal Science Education. A CAISE InquiryGroup Report. Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE), Washington, D.C. OnlineShirk, J. L., H. L. Ballard, C. C. Wilderman, T. Phillips, A. Wiggins, R. Jordan, E. McCallie, M. Minarchek, B. V.Lewenstein, M. E. Krasny, and R. Bonney. 2012. Public participation in scientific research: A framework fordeliberate design. Ecol. Soc. Ecology and Society 17(2):29. more